|Aside from the fact that I show up to work like this every day. Dress for the job you want, folks.|
I recently read The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling by David Shoemaker. In my effort to follow my unofficial New Year's Resolution by reading more nonfiction, I read a nonfiction book about a fictional sport.
However, the one major piece of information I took away from this book is that even though the matches are scripted, the men and women involved in professional wrestling are real athletes. I knew that to some extent before reading this book, but Shoemaker spends enough time describing the physical trials and tribulations of wrestlers for there to be no doubt in my mind that their athleticism is very real.
I learned a lot from this book, like the fact that Macho Man was a real life crazy bastard or that Yokozuna was Samoan and not Japanese. I learned a lot about wrestling before the days of Vince McMahon, including the incredibly tragic saga of the Von Erich clan. In fact, I learned all about the most tragic wrestlers in the history of wrestling because this is a book about dead wrestlers.
|I want to renew my vows like this.|
|"You're the only girl for me, Carey."|
I would recommend this book to anyone who is or was a fan of wrestling. Even if you aren't keeping up with it today, the nostalgia value of this book in regard to wrestling eras of yore is pretty epic.